A pediatric dental crown is a restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening and protecting it from further cracking, decay, or breakage. Tooth crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective, or following a pediatric root canal, wherein part of the baby tooth’s nerve has been removed due to the extent of the cavity. These are simple, routine procedures, done in a single quick visit!
We offer both stainless steel and white tooth-colored crowns at Tree House Pediatric Dentistry. Stainless steel crowns are slightly more conservative, and rarely experience problems. However, the biggest drawback of stainless steel crowns is their metallic color. They are ideal for a child’s rear teeth that are not visible, but if a crown is necessary for a tooth that will show, they can be done in white per the parent’s preference. White crowns are made of zirconia and are close in color to the natural teeth, so they are far more cosmetically pleasing. They tend to hold up very well, however are not quite as resilient as stainless steel crowns, and may fracture, dislodge, or discolor with time, and ultimately require replacement.